Men's Basketball Hits Dartmouth, Harvard This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team enters the penultimate weekend of Ivy League play at 7-2 and alone in second place, one game behind Harvard in the loss column. As luck would have it, the Quakers and the Crimson will meet Saturday night in what could be a true championship showdown.

Before that, however, the Quakers have business to attend to Friday night, with a Dartmouth team that they barely beat two weeks ago in Philadelphia. It will also be a Big Green squad that has gained further confidence since that matchup, as they gained their first Ivy win last Saturday over Brown. Harvard, meanwhile, faces a Princeton team Friday that still harbors championship hopes at 6-3 in Ivy play and beat the Crimson two weeks ago in New Jersey.

GAME 27 - PENN (15-11, 7-2 Ivy) at DARTMOUTH (5-21, 1-9)
Leede Arena (Hanover, N.H.)
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV:PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

GAME 28 - PENN (15-11, 7-2) at HARVARD (23-3, 9-1)
Lavietes Pavilion (Cambridge, Mass.)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN3.com (Dave Weekley, John Celestand)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Dartmouth Game Notes (PDF) / Harvard Game Notes (PDF)

This Weekend in The Ivy League
While all eyes will be on Cambridge this weekend, both Friday and Saturday night, the other half of the Ivy League slate sees third-place Yale (7-3) hosting Columbia (3-7) on Friday and Cornell (5-5) on Saturday. Having completed its season series with Harvard, the Bulldogs need help over the next two weeks if they have want to win the Ivy title. Brown (1-9) hosts the Big Red on Friday and the Lions on Saturday.

The D-H Trip
*Penn has made the swing through the Ivy League's Northernmost schools 55 times. The Quakers have swept this road trip 33 times, split it 17 times, and been swept five times.

*Penn has split this trip each of the last four seasons; from 2007-08 to 2009-10, the Quakers won on Friday but lost on Saturday, and then last year they lost 79-64 at Harvard on Friday before coming back to defeat Dartmouth 70-58 on Saturday.

The Penn-Dartmouth Series
*The Quakers and the Big Green are meeting for the 203rd time, with Penn holding a 146-56 advantage in the series after a 58-55 win two weekends ago in Philadelphia.

*Aside from a hitch in 2009, when the Big Green swept the Quakers, Penn has won every game dating back to the first meeting of the 1996-97 campaign.

*Zack Rosen hit the winning shot two weeks ago, a long trey from the right wing with 3.4 seconds left. He ended the game with 12 points. Tyler Bernardini had 15. For Dartmouth, Jvonte Brooks had 18 points (12 of 14 from the foul line) and 10 rebounds.

The Penn-Harvard Series
*The Quakers and the Crimson have met 161 times, with Penn holding a substantial 127-34 lead in the series.

*That said, Harvard has won six straight and seven of the last eight in the series, the latest a 56-50 decision at The Palestra two weeks ago; Penn's lone win in this recent Crimson run came at Lavietes Pavilion, a 66-60 decision on Jan. 30, 2009.

*Corbin Miller was the Penn killer two weeks ago, scoring 17 points off the bench (13 in the second half). Kyle Casey also had 17 for the Crimson. For Penn, Zack Rosen had 16 points but needed 21 shots to get there; he also had six assists. Miles Cartwright scored 12 points.

It Should Be Noted...
*Penn has won three games in a row, four of its last five, and eight of its last 10.

*At 15-11 overall, Penn has its best 26-game record since the 2006-07 team was 18-8; that team went on to go 22-9 and win the Ivy title.

*Penn has shot 22 of 41 (53.7 percent) on three-pointers in the last two games (12 of 22 vs. Cornell, 10 of 19 vs. Columbia).

*Penn is 10-1 when leading at the half and 10-2 when putting three or more players in double digits this season.

*At the other end, Penn has held 17 of its 26 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including 10 at 40 percent or lower); last year, the Quakers held just 14 of their 28 opponents below the 45-percent mark, and only eight below 40 percent.

*Penn has been held to single digits in free-throw attempts in four of its last six games (8 at Yale, 5 at Brown, 5 vs. Dartmouth, 6 vs. Columbia).

*Penn has had more assists than turnovers in each of the last eight games (1.38 ratio during that stretch).

*Penn had committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in seven straight games, a streak that ended last Saturday against Columbia (Penn 15 turnovers, Columbia 12).

*Senior guard Zack Rosen was named the Ivy League and ECAC Player of the Week this week, for his efforts in Penn's wins over Cornell and Columbia last weekend.

*Rosen has scored in double figures in 10 straight games (17.1 ppg during that stretch), and led Penn in scoring 17 times in 26 games this season.

*In Penn's last five games, Rosen has 25 assists and five turnovers.

*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures nine times in Penn's last 19 games; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came March 5, 2010 at Harvard.

*Sophomore guard Steve Rennard had hit 10 field goals over a nine-game span, all of them three-pointers, before finally draining a pair of two-pointers last Saturday vs. Columbia. (He also hit three shots from beyond the arc.)

Quaker Notemeal From Cornell/Columbia Weekend
*Penn swept the Cornell-Columbia home weekend for the 40th time in 53 attempts.

*Penn had exactly the same numbers from the field in both games (24 of 48, 50 percent), and has now shot 50 percent or better from the field eight times this season.

*With Saturday's overtime win vs. Columbia, Penn improved to 2-1 in OT games this season, 45-45 all-time (23-18 at home), and 22-21 (14-4 at home) in Ivy League games.

*Penn tied a season high with 12 three-point baskets against Cornell (also 12/10 at UCLA).

*Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright scored 22 points vs. Cornell, his best scoring game since Nov. 17 (27 at Rider).

*Cartwright set a career high with five three-pointers and tied a Penn player best in the Jerome Allen coaching era by going 5-of-6 beyond the arc against the Big Red.

*Sophomore guard Steve Rennard made his first two collegiate starts over the weekend, and set season/career highs with 13 points -- his second double-figure scoring game as a Quaker -- three rebounds, three three-point baskets, and 37 minutes in Penn's overtime win against Columbia.

*Senior forward Rob Belcore played his 100th game for Penn vs. Cornell, then scored his 500th career point against Columbia.

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